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Album Review

Exploring his eastern Indian roots is nothing new for alto saxophone firebrand Rudresh Mahanthappa, but on Apti, he takes it to a much higher level. With tabla player Dan Weiss and electric guitarist Rez Abbasi, Mahanthappa has leavened his usual all-out approach, taking to heart a refined synergy and latent power of merging improvisation with a modern raga style. It's that juxtaposition of raw groove with stream-of-consciousness concepts, as during the concentrated counterpoint of "IIT" or Ravi Shankar's more elegant "Vandanaa Trayee," that provides contrast within these musical vistas. A strong, unique, and palatable mix of cultural metaphors, the Indo-Pak Coalition make music everlasting, with plenty of room to do even more. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

New York-based drummer and percussionist Dan Weiss' sound is instantly recognizable whenever he plays. His style is comprised of equal parts modern jazz and East Indian rhythms. Weiss grew up with a guitar-playing father and was exposed to music early on. He began playing in his teens when he first heard recordings by Led Zeppelin -- he counts John Bonham as his very first influence, and Led Zeppelin IV as the record that convinced him to become a drummer. Soon after, he became a Rush fan and a metalhead....
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Apti, Dan Weiss
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2008

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